Vollis Simpson (b. 1919-d.2013): Vollis, who lived outside of Wilson, North Carolina, never called himself an artist, but, after days working at moving houses and repairing machinery, he would spend his extra time constructing fantastical whirligigs from spare parts and erecting them in his yard.
Minnie Adkins (b. 1934): Residing in Isonville, Kentucky, Minnie carves and paints Bible scenes and animals such as red foxes, bears, possums, tigers and roosters. She was aided in the carving by her husband Garland until his death in 1997. For many years, Minnie and Garland opened their home in June for a picnic, “A Day in the Country,” where well-known and new artists would introduce and sell their art, a tradition which is now continued by Morehead State University. A gallery of the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead is named for Minnie and Garland.
Jimmy Lee Sudduth (b. 1910-d. 2007): Jimmy Lee lived in Fayette, Alabama where he worked for many years mostly as a farm hand. He painted on plywood board and used natural materials like mud and motor oil in his works, which include people, animals and buildings as their subjects. He was a regular featured artist at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts. His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, High Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art (Corcoran Gallery Collection), Birmingham Museum of Art and New Orleans Museum of Art.
More Artists in the Collection:
Steven Red Mud Chandler
Ray E. Finster
Charles M and Grace Kelly Laster
Eric “PreacherMan” Pace
Mr. Red (Done by Mr. Red)
Sam “The Dot Man” McMillan
Earl Wayne Simmons
Ruby C. Williams (RCW)
Chicken George Zupp